The Anime-Magic Film Series is expecting big crowds for its second year showing anime and animated films at the Carolina Theatre of Durham this Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $9.50 per show and a 10-film pass is available for $80.
Anime, the distinct storytelling artwork that originated in Japan, has gained a significant following in the past 50 years. Its telltale design and common themes have captured a global audience as well as a very local one.
Several years ago when Jim Carl, director of film programming at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, was going through movie suggestions left by viewers, he saw several requests for anime films. As a test, Carl screened two anime films. The viewing sold out completely.
After realizing there existed a curiously niche, anime-loving community in the area, Carl devoted his time to curating the first Anime-Magic Film Series that screened in March 2017.
“That became the single highest attended, highest grossing three-day series we’ve ever produced at the Carolina Theatre in the 23-year history that I’ve been with the organization,” Carl said. “This year looks like another huge success.”